CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The American Red Cross is offering $10 Amazon gift cards to anyone who donates blood by July 31 as the country faces a severe shortage in blood supply.
According to the Red Cross, the need for all blood types is critical, but the agency is especially in need of type O and platelet donors.
To prevent further delays in patient care, the Red Cross says it would need to collect over 1,000 additional donations daily.
The increased need is due to “an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants, and elective surgeries,” according to the Red Cross.
In addition to the $10 Amazon gift card, donors will be entered into a drawing to win free gas for a year (up to $5,000) and/or a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm.
Click here to schedule a donation.